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Special occasion permits

Special events, sports events and entertainment in state parks require written permission.


Special events, sports events, entertainments and the like, characterized as public spectator attractions or participant activities, are allowed at state park areas and wildlife management areas, provided written permission has been given by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Examples include but are not limited to weddings, 5k runs/walks, fishing tournaments and corporate activities.

Application for Special Occasion Permit must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the scheduled event. Such permits shall be issued only after a finding that the issuance of such permit will not be inconsistent with the purposes for which the area is established and maintained and will not unreasonably interfere with use of the area by the general public.

Photography and videography

Commercial photography and videography also requires completion of the Special Occasion Production Amendment. Commercial production includes activities that involve models, sets and props for the purpose of promoting goods, services or brands. Amateur photography, nature photography, family, wedding and senior photography, and recreational photography are not subject to these terms and do not need to request special occasion permits.

Game and Parks does not permit drones to be flown in state parks, state historical parks, state recreation areas or wildlife management areas, unless a special occasion permit has been approved. Drone operators should be Part 107 certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and be familiar with regulations for recreation or commercial-use training requirements and aircraft registration; they should also be aware of other laws and city ordinances governing their use.

Fishing tournaments

In addition to the special occasion permit, fishing tournaments must be registered.

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Park Pricing

A park entry permit is required to visit state parks and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors, or in advance of your arrival online. View those fees, as well as attraction and amenity pricing.

Park Events

Our 76 gorgeous state park and recreations areas host a plethora of events throughout the year. From bird hikes to kayak races, Living History events to family outdoor days, our parks host something fun for every outdoor enthusiast.